The Death Penalty Was The Babylonian King Hammurabi

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Name: Victoria Ming Topic: The Death Penalty I. Intro/Background A. History: 1. An early supporter of the death penalty was the Babylonian King Hammurabi. In his set of laws, he set the legal punishment “an eye for an eye”. This popular phrase was used to punish criminals with death for 25 crimes, although murder was not one of them. 2. By the 10th Century BC, hanging, drowning, boiling, and burning, were added as ways for punishing simple crimes, or even for actions that today would not be considered crimes. 3. In Europe, the death penalty increased in the 1700s with the rules of absolute monarchs, when 222 crimes were punishable by death in Great Britain. 4. The French developed guillotines during the French Revolution as a more humane way of killing, though it was later discovered that the one being executed was still conscious after the head was separated from the body. 5. The first recorded American death sentence was in 1608, when George Kendall was accused of planning to betray the British to the Spanish. B. Key terms: 1. The Death Row Phenomenon, better known as Death Row Syndrome, is a result of lack of motivation and human interaction in life. 2. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow was a psychologist who lived from 1908 to 1970. He established a hierarchy of needs for all human beings in the setup of a pyramid. Those at the bottom of the pyramid had to be filled before moving up to the next level of needs. 1. At the bottom are the physiological needs of food,
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